Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dinner Party for Good Friends

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Linda and I (mostly Linda) prepared a dining experience to share with good friends I met during the time I lived here two years ago - Sharon and John, from Los Gatos California, both retired professors at San Jose State University.  They own a home here in Antigua and spend about 6 months a year here and the other six months traveling around the world.  They'll be leaving in March for an extended stay in Australia.  The second couple are Ira and Carol, who live permanently here in Antigua.  Ira is from North Carolina, though he spent most of his working life in Central and South america.  Carol is a Guatemalteca who was born in Guatemala City, but raised all over the world, including many years in the United States.  I've visited Ira and Carol in their truly magnificent home in Antigua, filled with historical artwork and antiques that are irreplaceable.  It's much like visiting a museum that they live in and use everyday!

Linda and I came up with a menu and prepared everything before our guests arrived:  
*Guatemalan cream cheese topped with Linda's homemade chutney and served with delicious and crispy corn crackers sold in our one 'supermarket' in Antigua, Bodogona.
*Roast pork loin marinated in Argentinean chimichuri sauce
*Savory corn cakes, Venezuelan style, also accompanied by the beautifully green chimichurri sauce, originally from Argentina. Chimichurri Sauce.
* Glazed carrots with butter-brown sugar glaze
*Pan roasted zucchini with olive oil and balsamic flavoring
*Lemon meringue pie

Delicious dinner party serving board

The spectacular lemon meringue pie made by Linda

This is the garden courtyard in the middle of the 8-house complex
This is the house directly across from Linda's, owned by a doctor and
his family, who live in Guatemala City, coming to Antigua (about
30 miles) for weekends and holidays
This is a copula, seen on most homes above the kitchen


  1. You have brightened up our very dreary West Coast winter days with the new posts. We can hardly wait for each one to appear. I cried over the chocolate but now Doug is crying over the gorgeous pictures and the warmth!!!!

  2. Thanks Peter. I just don't know why I can't always 'reply' in the reply box! ¿Habla español, amigo?
    With all these lessons smooched into four weeks, I starting to feel at home in Latin America again.

  3. What a great looking feast with friends!

  4. Oh, pretty! More photo's please.

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  6. Just wondering if you have given up your blog?

  7. Wondering the same. Hope you are well

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  9. Long time no blog....hope everything is well with you and family. Take care.

  10. Getting ready to begin posting again. Stay tuned

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